Is it helpful for a resume to show Microsoft certification in Excel and Bloomberg product certification? Is it worth my time to prepare and take the tests?

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No. I wouldn't waste my time.

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if your that advanced you'd know the tests are a joke


I assumed they were pretty stupid, but hadn't explored them. Guess it isn't worth my time. Anybody out there think they're actually worthwhile on a recent grad's resume?


The material for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) test for Excel 2003 is really basic and for $100 and 1 hour of your time it validates that you at least know your way around Excel. I took it on a lunch break, I figured it could only help.


I agree with the Microsoft cert. being useless on your resume, but if you are really looking for some fillers, the Bloomberg cert. can't hurt. It shows that you have experience using it and know your way around, but that's about it. I definitely wouldn't drop something else from the resume to put that in, but if you are in need to fill up some room - why not?


funny but true story...
some guy put bloomberg certified on his resume
his interviewer asked him what code pulled up the corporate action calendar
he said i dont know
and his interviewer responded "i thought you were certified?"

id avoid putting it on even if you know bloomberg



Anybody who's worked in banking can pick up bloomberg and MSFT programs in less than a week. It's not hard and, if you actually got the certificates, should know and admit that they are jokes. You think your interviewers never heard of these things before? They know exactly what the certification entails.

Omit them. That is all.


at my old job, we once called in a technician to retrieve some data on hard disks we couldn't access. he told us that since he was Microsoft Certified, it would be the same as Bill Gates working on our hard drive. he charged $150 and returned saying he couldn't get our data.


that test is harder then you think


Anytime you can confirm what you say you know - it is worth it. For example, just because you put advanced Excel on your resume DOES NOT mean people are going to believe you are advanced. You'd have a much easier time convincing someone you're advanced if you have something like: 5 classes in advanced Excel techniques or the Microsoft Specialist Certification in Advanced Excel 20XX.

Until you have the job you want, nothing is really a "waste" of your time. As an associate at Morgan Stanley, let me assure you - Excel is utilized a lot and anything you can do to better your skills or even hint at, objectively through certification or advanced courses, that your Excel skills are above par.

Now, if you've done 2 years in investment banking then no, you don't need certification in excel to prove to people that you have an advanced understanding of excel/macros/vba

However, unless you've worked atleast 2 years in a job like investment banking/equity research - or some other function where it is well known that you have to utilize advanced excel techniques on a day to day basis - then of course getting certification as a specialist in excel can help

Stop making assumptions... stop assuming networking is the answer to everything... at the end of the day people want to hire people that are going to make their lives easier and that they DO NOT HAVE TO TRAIN... anything you can put on your resume that signals ... i can start the ground running the day I'm hired is worth it


Also remember... that the only people banks want to train are the returning interns that receive formal training during the summer... if you are not in this category DO NOT ASSUME someone wants to hire someone and train them - no one wants to spend time training anyone...that's why they have interns who are trained during the summer and then these same interns come back and spend a month being trained by professionals....

if you are not apart of this group - please assume you have to take responsibility for training yourself in accounting/finance/advanced excel via coursework or some other objective means.. meaning i'm not going to believe you are advanced in financial modelling if you have nothing on your resume that objectively proves that

stop assuming people are like your parents and will help you once on the job - NOPE - most people in banks enjoy watching people come in, not know their shit - however simple it may be- and then failing... stop assuming people are going to be nice and train you - this is completely unaccurate... networking might help get you an interview.. but concrete skills will insure INITIAL success on the job - meaning you wont be fired within 2 yrs... you have to first make it through this part...and a lot of people mess up at this part...

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